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Enfocus has released a major upgrade to its personal automation product line, Enfocus Connect 2018. With this release, designers, and print service providers get a collection of powerful, and customizable, PDF tools to help with the creation, preflight, and delivery of quality PDFs for print.

Enfocus Connect 2018 focuses on providing a cost effective toolset to help anyone involved in creating, quoting or producing PDFs for print. Connect 2018 offers a collection of pre-set personal workflow applications that can perform a variety tasks such as adding bleeds, checking image resolution (quality), scaling documents, and more. In addition, Connect 2018 has an all-new backbone which includes compatibility with Enfocus Pitstop Pro 2018, and 64 bit compatibility for the new MacOSX, and a new web engine improving web form compatibility for HTML job tickets.

“PDF preflight, and correction is in our DNA as a company” said Wim Fransen, managing director of Enfocus. “The Connect product family focuses on combining the most powerful PDF creation technology with Pitstop and file delivery to build personal automation tools that can be used to perform a variety of tasks relevant to graphic arts file creation and professional printing.”

Task automation is all about automating common tasks for individual graphic art creators and print service provider professionals to prepare PDFs for print. Connect creates workflow apps for MacOS or WindowsOS that help individual contributors perform more complicated or repetitive tasks. Automated tasks can be as simple as creating consistent PDFs for print to performing several more complicated tasks such as scaling documents, adding bleeds and removing rich blacks. Most anything that can be done with Pitstop Pro can be automated with Connect.

“What’s important about the apps created by Connect is that they can simplify complex processes for users who are not technical” said Michael Reiher, product manager for Enfocus Connect. “For example, a customer service representative (CSR) at a print service provider currently sends jobs to prepress to have them checked for common issues which takes time and resources. However, with a Connect app like the ones included with Connect, a CSR can just drag and drop a PDF onto the App and get the same information without going to prepress — A real time saver and it allows them to service customers much quicker”.

Connect includes several predefined automated Apps for designers and print service providers.

For Designers:

• Create Certified PDF for print.

• Create PDFs for print from Microsoft Office documents.

For print service providers:

• Check PDFs against job specifications.

• Check image resolution, fonts and colors in a PDF.

• Add bleeds to most PDFs including Office documents.

• Change page trim size.

• Scale documents to size.

• Prepare documents for large format printing and cutting.

Pricing & Availability

Enfocus Connect is available immediately in three different editions. Connect YOU is a single user edition and sells for $150 per-user. Connect ALL supports unlimited number of internal or external users and is available for $3,500 plus maintenance. Connect ALL 2018 is available at no additional charge for any Connect ALL or Connect SEND customer with a maintenance contract or who have purchased Connect (all editions) on or after August 1, 2018. Contact your Enfocus authorized reseller for more information to purchase or upgrade.